New Apple-1 app for iOS/macOS - anyone interested in beta testing?

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New Apple-1 app for iOS/macOS - anyone interested in beta testing?

Hi folks,

I am a great admirer of this forum and I thought it might be a good place ask about this. I hope you don't mind.

I've been developing an Apple-1 app for iOS/macOS and I am approaching the App Store submission stage for version 1.0. Think something like Virtual KIM, but dedicated to Apple-1 and with a better user experience (that is the goal, anyway).

If anyone is interested in helping to test the app and provide constructive feedback I would greatly appreciate it.

In exchange, I will offer free access to the released app, which I otherwise plan to sell for a reasonable fee in order to attempt to recover some miniscule fraction of the development costs.

If interested, please send me a private message containing your e-mail address and an overview of your testing capabilities (iOS devices & Macs you are able to use for testing, installed OS versions, experience level with Apple-1 and software testing in general) and I will follow up with you.

Initially, I will only have bandwidth to support one or two  testers, but I hope to expand this going forward.

Thank you!

Tim

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Last call for beta testers...

App Store submission will be occurring relatively soon, so if you're interested in beta testing and you haven't already let me know, please do so ASAP.

If you're uncomfortable sharing your e-mail via PM, I may be able to provide a link to an invitation without the need for any e-mail address.

I recently worked with the droids in the marketing department (Sydney & Gemini) and we came up with the following ad copy for the store description:

WOZNIAC-1: Retro Code Odyssey

Embark on a Nostalgic Journey

WOZNIAC-1 seamlessly blends the classic Apple-1 experience with modern features, inviting you to step back in time and relive the dawn of personal computing. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a curious newcomer, our app offers an intuitive interface and a wealth of resources for your retro-computing adventure.

Key Features:

  • Smooth Sailing: Landscape mode, customizable fonts, and a dedicated numeric key row for elegant coding on iPhone. Effortlessly import text with “Load in WOZNIAC-1.”
  • Super Speed: Witness blazing-fast performance with Fast Mode. Watch as operations conclude in moments, not minutes. It’s a computing time warp (paradoxes not included).
  • Fluid Files: Dive into the golden age of computing—experiment with different programs, save your progress, manage files easily with Quick Look previews, and instantly share your creations with other WOZNIAC-1 users.
  • Programmer’s Potion: Command the MOS 6502, code with BASIC, delve into assembly with KRUSADER, and wield the power of the legendary “Woz Monitor.” It’s Gandalf’s staff for programmers. “You shall not pass … without debugging!”
  • Modernized Marvel: Enjoy a whopping 48K of RAM and lightning-fast terminal display, complete with copy/paste/print and reverse text capability. Keep your text always in sight with Scroll Lock.
  • Educational Expedition: Discover original manuals, tutorials, and more in the Help section. Learn from the experts and share your coding journey with the passionate community of retro-computing aficionados on the Internet.

Set sail on your digital odyssey—download WOZNIAC-1 today and rediscover the magic of computing’s past!

 

Disclaimer: Not affiliated with Steve Wozniak or Apple Inc. Apple and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions.

[Watch a quick demo on YouTube HERE]

I'm very interested to hear any constructive comments you may have.

Thanks! Tim

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Promo codes

I have a few promo codes for a free copy of the app that I will distribute to the Applefritter users request them. Message me if interested. Thanks!

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Hi WOZNIAC!

I don't need a promo code, I have an android phone. I just wanted to cheer you up a bit and wish you good luck. The Apple-1 scene is a very small isolated group of people, now you might think that your work didn't generate enough interest, but that's not the case. If you want, I can help you a bit and share your project in the Facebook group, it has almost 1k followers, someone will probably be interested. Or you can do it yourself if you use FB. 

 

And thanks for your work!

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Hi Macintosh_nik,

Thanks for your comments and words of encouragement! I knew it was a small community, but I've hoped it might be expanded a bit with the help of an easy to use app.

If you want, I can help you a bit and share your project in the Facebook group

Sure, that would be great, thanks! I'm not on FB.

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Hi Tim,I am unable to see

Hi Tim,

I am unable to see your app in the App store, region problem. I am based in The Netherlands.

Would be interested in a promo code to check it out.

Thanks,

Bobby

 

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Hi Bobby,

I started with availability set to U.S. and Canada and I am adding other regions as people express interest. I've recently added UK and Ireland, and Netherlands is in the process of being added. I'll follow up in messsges with the code once the 1.0.1 release is approved (hopefully very soon; it's already in process).

Thanks for your interest!

Tim

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WOZNIAC

I am on the Australian App store - as soon as it is there I'll get myself a copy 

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Hi juanoshea,

I'll add Australia and send you a Promo Code soon.

 

Thanks for your interest!

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FYI: Auto-Capitalization setting

Please note that the app was designed to be used with the Auto-Capitalization setting On (under Settings > General > Keyboard). As an enhanced feature, the app allows lowercase input, but in most cases existing Apple-1 programs will only work correctly with uppercase input. For this reason and because the Caps Lock behavior of the iOS system keyboard is somewhat broken (it won't always stay On until you turn it off), the app requests the all-uppercase ASCII keyboard.

I only recently became aware that disabling the Auto-Capitalization option in Settings overrides this app-specific keyboard configuration. It still works on this mode, but the user must appropriately capitalize input text that needs to be in uppercase.

I will need to investigate what can be done to improve the experience here, but for now it is a potential problem to be aware of.

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